Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Snow Causes Rioting and Mayhem in England (sort of)
It has gone barking mad here....
There was a snow storm that hit southern England yesterday that sent the entire transportation system into a tailspin. People were stranded in cars for TWELVE hours on highways, the military was mobilized to rescue them, and 550 schools were closed in Hampshire County. It snowed about 12-inches in the hardest hit spots. And about 1.5-inches at our house.
Which made it absolutely beautiful and only slightly treacherous. I would've said not dangerous at all, except I ended up sliding into a ditch when my car slipped on a small hill that goes down and around a sharp turn. Don't worry! It was nothing serious! In fact, it was crazy that my car narrowly avoided going into a deep ditch and a large tree, gliding just past them and into a hedgerow, instead. My back wheel was, quite literally, in the air over the ditch! And almost immediately after I got out of the car and ascertained that I was not going to be backing out of the hedge, a truck came around the bend, stopped and asked if I need a tow out of the ditch! Sure enough, he hopped out, got his towing rope and hooks out and just popped me out of the ditch. It all took less than ten minutes.
Sometimes I feel guilty for not going to church more. Because clearly someone is looking out for me.
The really mad part, though, is that the boys' school was closed today ~not because of the weather~ but because they had run out of oil to heat the school. How's that, you may ask? Well out here in the country, there aren't gas lines, so buildings have these big underground tanks that hold oil for you to use to heat them. The school was supposed to get their oil delivery on Monday, but the truck didn't show. And then didn't show again on Tuesday, which is the day they ran the tank dry.
But wait, there's more!
The truck didn't arrive today because of the bad weather....
So school is canceled tomorrow!
Hold up: there more....
It takes so long to heat up a building the size of the school that even if the truck finally arrives tomorrow, the school still won't be warm enough for the children.
So school is canceled on Friday, too!
And my mom is finally here for a visit and I am having to share her with my children more than I wanted to.
And, YES, I am pouting.